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James Freeman
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citizens of earth,

I just picked up a table thrifting for $2.98 but it is missing a goal blocking rod and all balls. thoughts? thanks.

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What size table?
 
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it's this table:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/170485/boccerball

I can measure after work.

 
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Nice find! Sounds like it's time for a trip to your hardware store.

The balls that the players use are steel ball bearings. I don't have my table here, but they're probably 1/2 inch in diameter. You can measure the holes at the top of the table -- they should be slightly smaller than that.

The rods are there so that the ball bearings can go under it, but the soccer ball cannot. A metal rod would be sufficient.

The soccer ball is closer to an inch or so in diameter. It's slightly heavier and heavier-duty than a ping pong ball. This is going to be the hardest thing to find. I don't know where you'd go about finding one of those.
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holes measured 3/4 of an inch. could i use pachinko balls? I will just go half inch as instructed. now i just need to fix the one side, make something to catch the balls and a ball (maybe try to weigh a pingpong ball. and i'll be all set
 
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Probably pachinko balls would do. I'm not familiar with them, but they look about the right size. If you can find a way to weight the ping pong ball, it's worth a try. It's about the right size. Good luck!
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My son suggested a Z-ball? i just ordered 7/16 berrings, i'll try the zball when they come in.
 
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I've been looking for a table ever since I played my friend's game. I found myself in roughly the same situation as the OP having purchased a Boccerball table at goodwill that came with 8 metal marbles and no main ball. For the soccer ball, I purchased a pack of cheap foosballs on ebay and they work great. I'm pretty sure a foosball is what the original game used.

I measured the metal marbles that I have and they seem to be 5/8 inches in diameter. I did alot of searching on ebay and you can save a bit of money by buying "utility grade steel chrome balls" instead of "Ball bearings". Utility grade is just as durable and chrome but supposedly not quite as precisely made as precision ball bearing. Should be more than suitable for boccerball. I've ordered 41 for $21 and I'll report back on how they work when they arrive next week.
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eilif wrote:
For the soccer ball, I purchased a pack of cheap foosballs on ebay and they work great. I'm pretty sure a foosball is what the original game used.


Good to know! I thought the ball was a little lighter than a foosball, but I admittedly never compared the two side-by-side.
 
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Happy to help
I should admit that it's possible the original boccerball was lighter as I only played my friend's last year and never had an original myself. It was hard to find info, but I found a refference (on amazon I think?) suggesting that a foosball was the OEM boccerball replacement. It seems to work well so far along with the few metal marbles I currently have. USPS says the 5/8" chrome balls will be here on Wednesday and I'll let you know how it all works together.

Even at a nice cheap price, it seems weird to spend a but more on the balls as the table ($20 at Goodwill) but $45 invested total is better than the 1-2 hundred bucks it would have been new.

One more thing as regards Pachinko balls. My guess is that they would work ok, but at 11mm (.43 inches) they're going to feel quite a bit smaller than the 5/8 inch (.625 inch is about 16mm)size that the originals apear to be as measured with my crappy ruler. Still, Pachinko balls and half inch chrome balls are noticiably cheaper than 5/8 balls so the cost savings might be worth it though you might also get more wobble in the chute.
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Got the utility grade5/8 steel balls. They appear to be exact matches for the oem balls!


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